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Helping people make better connections is a key theme for the Campaign to End Loneliness. Public transport helps to keep people socially connected, either with existing connections or by fostering new connections in stations or on the train, as they go about their journey.
By connecting people and places through our train services, TransPennine Express can support the work of the Campaign to End Loneliness, raise awareness of the issue of loneliness, and signpost our customers and colleagues to find support in making social connections. As the global pandemic has forced people to stay at home, now that restrictions are easing, it is more important than ever for people to get together again to reconnect with friends and family.
Look after yourself – if you can do something to improve your health, take small steps to eat well, take gentle exercise and keep active, all of these things can help you to relax more fully in your own company.
Share your skills and time with others – you can offer time or specific skills by helping out in your street, neighbourhood or with local organisations. Being involved and feeling valuable can help overcome those feelings of loneliness.
Your community and neighbourhood – find out what online and local activities are being planned and book them up: walks, singing groups, book clubs, sport etc.Making new friendships and spending time with others does help.
Meditation, or practising something known as ‘mindfulness’ (a technique that helps people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences – especially stressful experiences – and is recommended as a treatment for some people with mental health problems including stress, anxiety, and depression) can help. You can learn more about this on the Mental Health Foundation website
Speak to a health worker if you feel very lonely – long term loneliness could contribute to later depression and other health problems. Your GP should be able to direct you to local services.
More information on what you can do to combat loneliness.